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A Practical To-Do List That Will Finally Make Training Seminars Worth Your Time

A Practical To-Do List That Will Finally Make Training Seminars Worth Your Time | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

You finally got approval to go to that pricey training seminar. Maybe you’ll be learning the secrets of entertainers or fishmongers. But do you know how you’re going to deliver a return on the training investment to your company?

 

"Organizations that send people out for training really need to have some type of a plan from beginning to end," says David Lewis, president and CEO of OperationsInc., a human resources consulting firm. And if your organization isn’t providing such a framework, it’s up to you to do so, so that you can not only prove that it was worthwhile, but also to open the door for future training.

 

Here is what you should be doing before, during, and after to maximize the return on investment.


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A lot of well meaning organisations like sending their employees for seminars and trainging sessions. The idea is that these in-service training programs will help their employees ratain their edge. Unfortunately, simply sending employees for trainings might not work unless these training sessions are backed up by a pre-training checklist and a post-training feedback over a period of time. Trainings introduce the attendee to a new ideas and innovative methods, but then over a periosd of time, these ideas fizzle out! Sustainibilty is an issue, and the second most  serious problem is that attrition rates might rob the organisation of the presence of such people. 
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The Learning Factor's curator insight, December 6, 4:36 PM

Make sure you get the most out of your time by going to your next seminar a little more focused.

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Has the internet become a failed state?

Has the internet become a failed state? | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
The internet was once a land of promise, with few fears about crime or privacy. Thirty years on, scammers, thieves and spies have created a place of chaos

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Today, the biggest heists don't take place on trains (The Great Train Robbery), they don't take place in the form of Bank Robberies, rather they take place in a murkier virtual world of binary digits,  a Dystopic state called the internet. While every form of technological advancement brings with it teething problems,(most of which are overcome) the internet however seems to be a technology that seems to have more bugs than a gas turbine engine. Internet has made our lives more vulnerable to hackers and trolls. Increased use of E-Currency has exposed us to the risk of being robbed of our savings by virtual thieves. Till we have a strong enough firewal, we will have to continue to be careful while using the net!
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THE VIRTUAL REALITY REPORT: How the early days of VR are unfolding and the challenges it must overcome to reach mass adoption

THE VIRTUAL REALITY REPORT: How the early days of VR are unfolding and the challenges it must overcome to reach mass adoption | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
This virtual reality research report lays out the growth potential in key VR hardware categories & platforms. It also presents which headset categorie

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The greatest challenge faced by reality is virtual reality today! The fact is that Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are fast replacing reality. What augmented reality and virtual reality do is to highlight certain aspects of reality while at the same time suppressing other aspects of reality. 
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Use This Five-Part Checklist To Tell If You're Overcommunicating

Use This Five-Part Checklist To Tell If You're Overcommunicating | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

There’s definitely some truth in the wisdom that it’s better to overcommunicate than undercommunicate. Ideally, every manager gives their team members just enough direction to get on course and the leeway to do their thing free of micromanagement.

 

The reality is often different, though. No good boss wants to leave their teams feeling empty-handed or unsupported, so they sometimes veer off too far in the opposite direction. I’ve learned the hard way that overcommunication is easier to fall into than you might think, and it winds up obfuscating my message and wasting everyone’s time.

 

Fortunately, I’ve managed to get better at figuring out when my communication is more distracting than useful. Here are some of the key criteria I use in order to tell whether I'm overcommunicating


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Overcomunication can sometimes be ineffective communication. repetitive and redundant information has the tendency to fall on deaf ears. I have learnt this the hard way while teaching senior students in school! Students 'zone out' when they listen to information that is repetitive, resulting in 'overcommunication!' Professionals, especially in leadership positions can avoid the curse of overcommunication by taking care about the timing of the communication, ensuring that it is not redundant, examining its value, and ensuring that it is coherent, according to the the writer.
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Ellen Naylor's curator insight, November 22, 11:05 AM

My favorite tips: 

  • Is this person going to be grateful to have this information?
  • What’s the worst that happens if I don’t send this message?
Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, November 23, 3:02 AM

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Trump’s Rise Deals Another Blow to India’s Manufacturing Dream

Trump’s Rise Deals Another Blow to India’s Manufacturing Dream | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Donald Trump’s rise is the latest setback for India’s ambition to become a factory for the world.

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Trump's ascendancy might prove to be a setback for India's make in India dream. That is, if Trump really means to revive the manufacturing industry in America!
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The giant vacuum cleaner that can suck pollution out of the sky

The giant vacuum cleaner that can suck pollution out of the sky | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

The Dutch inventors say that their machine can filter 95% of ultra-fine particles and 100% of fine particles out of the air. It cleans 80,000 m³ of air per hour within a 300-meter radius and up to a height of 7km.

 

"It's a large industrial filter about 8 metres long, made of steel ... placed basically on top of buildings and it works like a big vacuum cleaner," said Henk Boersen, a spokesman for the Envinity Group, which unveiled the system at an energy conference in Amsterdam.“ A large column of air will pass through the filter and come out clear,” Boersen told AFP at the conference.

 

The Envinity Group is a tech start-up that aims to improve the future for people, animals and the environment in a sustainable manner. Many businesses and countries are already interested in the cleaner, according to the group....


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We need exactly the kind of machine mentioned in this write up ! In fact New Delhi which has been hit by high levels of pollution would be an ideal testing ground for the giant vacuum cleaner that can suck pollution out of the air!
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, November 13, 10:33 AM

Meet the giant vacuum cleaner designed to filter out the fine and ultra fine pollution particles linked to early deaths. Just for fun, let let me try this idea: we plug in the giant filter to run with power that creates pollution to run the filter that cleans the air that the filter cleans powered by electricity... I think you get the joke.

 

Let's hope it has a giant net benefit in greenhouse gas terms.

 

Of course, the White House won't need one now. Because the President-Elect says it's a "hoax" and "created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive."

 

The irony is a climate change infrastructure initiative could create millions of high paying jobs.

 

When the new POTUS visits China to rip up the trade deal, he's better bring along a surgical mask to wear like millions of Beijing residents. The air there is brown, nasty and harmful to your lungs.

Jade Moore's curator insight, November 15, 1:01 PM
With global warming becoming more of an issue now than it has ever before due to the amount of pollution that we are constantly pumping into the air on a daily basis. There are more pollutants being added to the air supply than there are plants, trees and other air purifying methods to clean it. There is a new invention from The Envinity Group that can aim to change the air quality in large cities. They are large industrial filtrating systems that can be placed on the tops of buildings that filter most of the pollutants out of the air.
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Why We Are Addicted To Multitasking And 5 Ways To Break The Habit

Why We Are Addicted To Multitasking And 5 Ways To Break The Habit | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

“Multitasking is a survival strategy.”

“I’m an excellent multitasker!”

 

Science has told us that these conclusions are in fact delusions. Yet, they persist. Sure, it’s possible to drive to work and listen to a podcast, but that’s because only one of those tasks requires active cognitive engagement. When both tasks require simultaneous processing, 98% of us can’t do it. Have you noticed that if you get lost while driving, you turn off the radio? That’s because you now need your full cognitive horsepower to navigate.

 

The same is true at work. While you may only be browsing emails during a meeting, you’ve transferred your attention from the meeting to your inbox. You are present, but not cognitively engaged.


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We are multitasking like never before, and technology has made it possible. Experts warn us that the quality of work deteriorates when we multitask. They tell us that we might be deluding ourselves if we think we are multitasking when we are listening to music while driving the car, and talking to our friend who is sitting next to us, because 'only one of those tasks requires active cognitive engagement.' The brain focuses on one task out of many other tasks, thus be warned not to be on the phone while driving, or even crossing the street lest all your attention is driven away from the speeding car by the video you are watching on your smart phone!
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The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 6, 4:37 PM

The lure of multitasking has many of us fooled into thinking we are getting more done, when in fact the opposite is true. Consider some practical ways to break the addiction and increase brainpower.

Janet Howcroft's curator insight, November 6, 5:26 PM

“Multitasking is a survival strategy.”

“I’m an excellent multitasker!” most women are!

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Very interesting subject to be considered and discussed. I will disclose the post to my contacts and subscribers in http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com

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Using Emotional Intelligence Is A Woman Leader's Secret Weapon

Using Emotional Intelligence Is A Woman Leader's Secret Weapon | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

As an FBI counterintelligence agent, I relied heavily upon emotional intelligence to be successful in identifying foreign spies and recruiting them to work for the U.S. government.

Emotional intelligence is your ability to 1) identify and manage your own emotions; 2) pick up on the emotions of others and manage them; and 3) in so doing, build trust and grow influence.

 

It is not necessarily a skill that people associate with FBI agents. Loud, boisterous, and pushy behavior may get attention, but it certainly does not get respect.

 

Meanwhile, a softer skill like emotional intelligence often goes unnoticed because it is not related to book smarts or a formula that includes aggressive behavior relying upon intimidation to be effective.


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Granted that women might have better skill sets in the form of emotional intelligence, men too can develop the same skills through training. It is not surprising that more women are Principals in schools than men! 
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Emotional intelligence is your ability to 1) identify and manage your own emotions; 2) pick up on the emotions of others and manage them; and 3) in so doing, build trust and grow influence.

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3 Simple Secrets to Motivating People

3 Simple Secrets to Motivating People | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

One of the key roles any leader plays is finding ways to motivate your team to reach your organization's goals. But the secret to motivating people is, wait for it .....that you can't do it. I have studied this issue by talking to and working with thousands of people over many years and the one thing everyone can agree on is that you can't motivate someone to do what they don't want to do.

 

What you need to do instead is find out what people want and then show them how they can get it. Motivation is intrinsic. People get excited about pursuing a goal when it's in their own self-interest. As a leader, the trick is to see if you can find an alignment between what your people want and what will help grow the organization. The upside is that if you can tap into the underlying desires people have, you will get amazing performances in return from them.


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Motivation is more intrinsic than extrinsic, as such, the key role of a leader is to try to make people align their goals with the what will make the organisation grow. 
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The Learning Factor's curator insight, October 30, 5:57 PM

It is impossible to get people to do something they don't want to do. But if you understand what they want and show them how to get it - they will do amazing things.

Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, October 31, 7:47 AM

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Adele Taylor's curator insight, November 1, 5:06 PM
Not quite what I was expecting, but a great read!
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Difference Between Assessment and Evaluation

Difference between assessment and evaluation . , . . . . Assessment focuses on learning, teaching and outcomes. It provides the table below summarizes ke
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It is simportant for educators to know about the dfference between assessment and evaluation. Assessment is an ongoing process which attempts to assess learning, teaching, and the outcome of the process. Evaluation attempts to measure the value of the process, it is the final process which measures the knowledge of the students through grades.
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Visual Trap: Why Obsessing about Your Website’s Visuals is not a Good Idea

Visual Trap: Why Obsessing about Your Website’s Visuals is not a Good Idea | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Why do you want to create a site? Is it to deliver good looking visuals to your visitors? No! The objective is to drive conversions, generate sales, improve brand visibility and ensure your business reaches a wider audience.

 

Unfortunately, an unnecessary focus on visuals might see you creating a site that is low on ROI. Your target website visitors are interested in getting more information about your business and its products and services from your site. If great visuals help drive brand and business messaging forward, well and good and that should be their primary objective. If they haven’t been picked keeping the website’s goal in mind, they will just serve to distract visitors.

 

Here are two sites that have made great use of visuals, and they serve to illustrate the purpose of the site. The visuals are arresting but do not distract visitors from what the website is all about and the products/services it is bringing to them....


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Are we too obsessed with visuals on our websites that we ignore the quality of the rest of the matter, like the written or descriptive part, or for that effect infographics? A good website will have a balance between the written content and the visual content! I would suggest a ratio of at least a sixty/forty between visual and written content as being ideal!
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, October 11, 11:12 AM

If you're going to obsess about your website, focus on function, not just the photo.

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8 Powerful Ways To Conquer Stress

8 Powerful Ways To Conquer Stress | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control.

 

Stress has a funny way of sneaking up on you when you least expect it, but how you respond is only half the battle. The secret to winning the war against stress lies in what you do when you aren’t working (and presumably aren’t as stressed). Otherwise, you fall into bad habits that can magnify your stress, rather than alleviate it. You need to shift gears to these relaxing and rejuvenating activities during your time off.


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Stress is the biggest gift of the information technology age. It might in its extreme phase lead to inefficiency and a serious shortfall in output. In schools this happens when teachers have to handle too many tasks at a time, and this includes their being given too many deadlines. The best way to beat stress would be to disconnect from anything that is distracting or even overwhelming in nature, even if it means disconnecting from the net. Another important way is to limit chores, prioritise tasks, as such. In addition to all these steps, one could also take a break to exercise or move around. Most teachers will ask their students to beat the stress of a difficult lesson by giving them a few minutes to get up from their chairs and stretch.
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Keeping your stress under control is critical to your health, happiness, and performance. These proven methods will make it happen.

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Useful post, presenting some good tips. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish and are interested in continuing education in business, please visit http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com
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Content is and Always Will Be King

Content is and Always Will Be King | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
I’ve heard people talk about content now being king anymore, especially on those social media platforms we all use, however in my opinion content and by that I mean

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Content will always be King, thus having highly skilled content writers will always be an advantage for most brand marketers. In many cases, it is the quality of the content that will attract prospective clients and customers. The product in such a case might be as diverse as an insurance policy, a startup business plan, or perhaps even a holiday plan. 
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9 Reasons Why Your Best Staff Will Leave In 2017

9 Reasons Why Your Best Staff Will Leave In 2017 | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
And it's probably not for more money!
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I guess these are some of the reasons why high levels of attrition take place even in some of the reputed organisations all over the world. Retention of trained staff becomes an issue when there is a feeling of disconnect in their minds. Good organisations need to take care of their staff if they expect the same from their staff. An experienced and well-entrenched staff is an asset whose value can never be measured in terms of money!
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The Only Three Networking Emails You Need To Know How To Write

The Only Three Networking Emails You Need To Know How To Write | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

It’s helpful to be honest about why you’re reaching out (for example, you’re going through a job search or moving to a new city). It can combat nerves and help the process feel more genuine. In other words, it instantly solves two core issues many people stress about when told to network.

 

That said, as with anything else, you know there’s a difference between being straightforward and being overly blunt. For example, you know to write, "I was thinking of approaching the project from a different angle" over "I hate all of your ideas."

 

Aspiring to find this balance, many people begin networking emails with "Remember me?" or even, "You probably don’t remember me..." After all, why not begin with an honest admission so the other person knows you aren’t being fake? Well, unfortunately, this approach often backfires. While you’re coming from a sincere place, it’s pretty audacious to ask for something from someone whom you’re blatantly admitting you barely know.

 


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It certainly helps to be upfront, honest and straightforward in writing Networking Emails. We have come a long way from times when it was perhaps expected that letters should run into pages, filled with flowery expression and long sentences. I found the examples in the article really helpful, and am sharing the same for others to read!
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The Learning Factor's curator insight, December 4, 4:41 PM

"Hi, you may not remember me, but . . . " is a lame way to reintroduce yourself. Try this instead.

Adele Taylor's curator insight, December 5, 3:53 PM

I think this title should be about reaching out to contacts.

As the article implies networking can be scary, and might scare away readers but a good article overall.

Emma Urbanek's curator insight, December 6, 1:46 PM
Writing about yourself can seem nearly impossible, not anymore! 
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How To Turn Stress Into Productivity Fuel

How To Turn Stress Into Productivity Fuel | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Feeling stressed lately? Chances are you're not alone. We carry varying degrees of stress around with us all the time—sometimes more, sometimes less. Does that pressure make us more productive or less? As with so many aspects of human psychology, the answer is: It depends. But what it depends on is something called the Yerkes-Dodson curve, a theory that dates back to 1908. Here's how understanding it can help you channel the stress you may be feeling into energy to get things done.

 

The Yerkes-Dodson curve relates the amount of motivational energy, called "arousal," a person may possess to how well they'll perform at a given task. The basic idea is that at low levels of arousal, people don't perform particularly well. In this state, people aren't all that motivated to get much done. That helps explain why being totally stress-free can breed laziness or complacency, and also why some of your most productive days are those when the clock is ticking for you to wrap up a big projec


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Stress, surprisingly is a precursor for success! Some of the best art forms were produced in times of stress. The poet P.B. Shelley wrote 'Ode to the Westwind' when he was undergoing a lot of difficulties in life. The poem was to become one of the best works of poetry. It is for this reason that we need to understand that stress can be turned around and made into a tool for promoting success!
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The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 29, 7:43 PM

Some people need more stress to get things done, while others cave beneath it. Here's how to find your "sweet spot."

Adele Taylor's curator insight, November 30, 3:34 PM
Interesting... I always thought the whole 'I work well under pressure' was a bit of a cliché but it turns out to be true
Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, December 1, 5:57 AM

Post very interesting, revealing some aspects that I did not know about productivity. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish, more about business management can be read in http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com

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How to Earn Your Audience Through Content Marketing - Insights

How to Earn Your Audience Through Content Marketing - Insights | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Our content marketing infographic series covers three challenges that most marketers face today: scaling content production, creating a distribution strategy, and earning your audience. 

This infographic, “Earn Your Audience,” details how to reach your target audience through engaging content. Marketers understand that they need to provide tangible value in their customers’ lives, and content is one of the last mediums left to effectively do this. Instead of allocating a large portion of marketing budget to traditional advertising, successful marketers are opting to think like consumers and deliver engaging content that creates a two-way conversation with their audiences. 

Take a look at the infographic below for more on how to build and retain meaningful relationships with your audience

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The key word for successful content marketing is research! 
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, November 20, 11:03 PM

B2B buyers research thoroughly before buying and they do pay attention to reviews.

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A short history of 150 years of paper currency in India

A short history of 150 years of paper currency in India | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Knowing that the current Rs500 and Rs1,000-denominated notes are now a relic of the past makes you look at them differently. In one night, what was once legal tender became nothing more worthy than Monopoly money.

 

And yet, the Narendra Modi government’s sudden move on Nov. 08, which preceded the introduction of new notes, was only the latest milestone in the long story of the Indian rupee’s evolution in paper form.

 

For many of us, the old versions featuring Mahatma Gandhi on one side were all that we ever knew. Though the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) introduced an updated version of the notes in 2005 (eventually all the notes, and not just the high-denomination ones), with some new security features, the overall look and design remained similar to the original style, introduced in 1996. These notes were, however, preceded by decades of changes in symbols, colours, sizes, denominations and more—a rich history that harks back to the colonial era.

 

The birth of a paper currencyUntil the 18th century, silver and gold coins were commonly used in India. But as private European trading companies established their own banks in the region, such as the Bank of Hindostan in Calcutta, they began issuing the very first versions of Indian paper notes, which were initially just text-based....


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We have come a long way since the times when the Briish introduced paper currency for the first time in India. Today the pangs of demonetisation of Rs.500 and Rs.1000 denomination bills has shown how dependent we still are on paper currency. Plastic money or electronic currency is yet to take hold in the country.
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, November 13, 10:04 AM

As India moves to demonetize its currency notes to control black Market currency, the history of banknotes in India and the designs are fascinating.

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12 Ways To Use Padlet In Your Classroom Tomorrow!

12 Ways To Use Padlet In Your Classroom Tomorrow! | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Let me introduce you to one of my new go-to tech tools: Padlet. It's free, it's easy-to-use, and it's awesome. Oh, and did I mention... no signup needed? Padlet is essentially a digital poster that can be individually or collaboratively created. Simply visit the website and click "Create" to get started building your "wall" today. Then,…

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The Padlet is good to use when all the students have an internet connected device, a tablet, for example, and they have go in for audience polls, and short answers. The results and the responses can be seen by all on a screen in the classroom. All our classrooms have wifi and projectors which can be connected to laptops.
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, November 10, 10:43 AM

Packet is a simple, free collaboration tool for the classroom. The business version is only $5 per month and could be useful in some very interesting ways.

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, November 14, 9:47 AM
Padlet, c'est un chouette outil. A utiliser, surtout aussi pour son aspect visuel.
Leslie Varela's curator insight, November 14, 11:47 PM
In my opinión this interesting tool contributes to create a good atmosphere where students can interact and share their knowledge and investigations with the whole class. Personally, I would like to use this tool in three different ways: 1) Create a feedback wall where students can post suggestions and express concerns anonymously. 2) Build a matching exercise on the wall and have students rearrange the photos and text to solve, and 3) Create a digital map and have students post their findings about new cultures. The main idea is to teach the topics using other alternatives in order to motivate students participation.
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'Corporate Innovation does not work,' says Accenture

'Corporate Innovation does not work,' says Accenture | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Accenture's Narry Singh tells WIRED2016 that startups and corporates should collaborate for the best results
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Corporate Innovation does not work, according to this article. This is surprising, but perhaps not impossible. Innovation does not when when you run out of ideas, it does not work when the processes become too overwhelming. Corporate innovation does not work when disruption fizzles out and when leadership does not offer flexibility.
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What turns a Manager into a Leader? 

What turns a Manager into a Leader?  | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
What turns a manager into a leader?

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A moot question for leadership is 'What turns a Manager into a Leader?' People are appointed for Managerial positions, but what marks exceptional Managers apart from the rest is their ability to lead others. It is not just the post but their character traits that matter!
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15 proverbs from around the world that you should start using ASAP.

15 proverbs from around the world that you should start using ASAP. | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

If you live in America, chances are you've heard (or used) the phrase "Don't put all your eggs in one basket."

Most of us know it means, essentially, that you shouldn't make all your plans based on one possible thing happening. But it's kind of a weird phrase, right? Have you ever stopped to wonder where it originated?

Its use in print has been traced to the novel "Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes in the early 1600s, although it possibly was mistranslated to an inexact English idiom from the original and may have other roots in Italian phrases.  

Different cultures around the world all have their own similar sayings — proverbs, if you will — that make sense to those who've grown up speaking the language but sound downright odd to anyone who hasn't.

James Chapman is fascinated by these sayings and how they translate across languages and cultures....


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Proverbs are culture specific and culture sensitive. Proverbs are also a condensation of the folk wisdom of a particular country, community or region. It is great fun to study proverbs from around the world because it helps you learn more about different cultures and different ways of thinking! Some proverbs are common across cultures. The proverb, 'empty vessels make noise', has an equivalent in one of the Indian dialects that zgoes'empty husks make a lot of noise.'
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, October 26, 1:29 PM

Lots of wonderful lessons from the wisdom of these proverbs from around the world.

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Study Finds Work-Life Balance Could Be A Matter Of Life And Death

Study Finds Work-Life Balance Could Be A Matter Of Life And Death | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

People often complain that their job is killing them, or that they’re working themselves to death, but new research suggests there may be more truth to those clichés than we realize.

 

A recent study conducted by Indiana University's Kelley School of Business found that those who work in high-stress jobs with little control are more likely to die sooner than those who have more control over and balance in their work.

 

The study, which has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Personnel Psychology, followed up with Wisconsin residents who had participated in a longitudinal study of 10,000 people that graduated from Wisconsin high schools in 1957. Participants were interviewed on their education, occupation, and emotional experiences at various intervals throughout their lives.


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This article will strike a chord with many professionals. Work-Life balance is crucial for the well being of the professional. In today's times of stress and burnout, micromanaged individuals can be a cause for concern. While 30 per cent of Americans are working from home, according to the article, 70 per cent, a solid chunk is struggling to find a suitable work-life balance. Technology has made matters worse for those who are yet to find a suitable work-life balance because Whatsapp, and E-mail apps in smartphones has ensured that the individual workers can not have peace of mind even at home!
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The Learning Factor's curator insight, October 20, 5:36 PM

New research suggests a correlation between an employee's control over their work and their life expectancy.

Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, October 23, 4:33 PM

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5 Signs Of High Emotional Intelligence

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Emotional intelligence predicts people’s ability to regulate themselves, manage other people, and achieve success. Research shows a link between emotional intelligence and career success. Not everyone is born with it, but unlike IQ, emotional intelligence can be acquired and improved with practice. So, how can we tell if someone’s got it or not? Here are five signs of people with high emotional intelligence. These are qualities that are easy to assess in every day situations.

 

Sign No. 1: They handle criticism without denial, blame, excuses or anxiety.

One of the hallmarks of high emotional intelligence is self-awareness. Self-awareness is a deep understanding of what makes us tick; what angers us, makes us happy, bores and interests us. It’s also means that we can appraise ourselves, faults and all, with great honesty and clarity. So when people with high emotional intelligence make a mistake and get criticized for it, it doesn’t send them into an emotional tailspin. It’s simply a fact to be noted, analyzed and corrected.


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They maintain their cool in the event of a crisis, they manage deadlines, and they are able to rise to the toughest challenges with a smile on their lips. They are professionals with emotional intelligence. 
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Adele Taylor's curator insight, October 12, 7:10 PM
I really like this article, I think personally I struggle with sign 1 and 2 at times.
Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, October 13, 5:54 AM

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How chatbots will help Education : When it comes to sheer speed & Convenience, nothing can beat a chatbot.

How chatbots will help Education : When it comes to sheer speed & Convenience, nothing can beat a chatbot. | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

It’s an exciting time for innovations in ed tech, and chatbots are at the forefront. Mobile apps are still compelling and there are many use cases where an app can provide the richest experience. However, the downside is that you still need to download them, log in, keep them updated, and make sure they work well with your devices. When it comes to sheer speed and convenience, nothing can beat a chatbot.


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